Lot 11: [Auction, booksellers' and library catalogues].

Bubb Kuyper: Auctioneers of Books, Graphic Art & Manuscripts

November 27, 2012
Haarlem, Netherlands

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Description: [Auction, booksellers' and library catalogues]. Fortsas, J.-N.-A. de. Catalogue d'une très-riche mais peu nombreuse collection de livres. provenant de la bibliothèque de feu M. le comte J.-N.-A. de Fortsas. Brussels, G.A. van Trigt, n.d. (±1863), 2nd ed., 28,(3)p., contemp. marbled boards, orig. wr. pres. - Spine dam. = The authorized 2nd edition of the famous catalogue of the library of le Comte de Fortsas, which contained a small number of books which were to be sold at Binche in Belgium. The books were collected by the Comte de Fortsas who had died in 1839 and whose lifetime was spent collecting unique copies of famous works. Each time that he discovered that one of his books was not unique, he would exclude it from his collection, so that in the end he had only 52 books left, each of them unique. When the sale catalogue was published in 1840, all the major bookdealers and collectors of the world were flabbergasted by the existence of the collection and hastened to get a copy of the catalogue. On the day of the sale, the village of Binche was apparently flooded by bibliophiles searching for the stated address of the sale. But all was in vain, the location could not be found and the collection was said to have been bought in its entirety by the municipality of Binche. Gradually it dawned on the dealers and collectors that they were the victim of what would become one of the biggest bibliographical hoaxes of all time. Each of them had been deliberately misled by the author of the catalogue, Renier Hubert Ghislain Chalon, who had written the catalogue entries with the specific tastes of all these collectors in mind and each of them had thought that he was about to make the most spectacular purchase of the century. When the dust had settled on the village of Binche, the original catalogue of the Fortsas collection proved to be a good investment and was reprinted (partly illegally) several times. Klinefelter, W. The Fortsas Bibliohoax. With a Reprint of the Fortsas Catalogue and Bibliographical Notes and Comment by Weber DeVore. New York, Press of the Woolly Whale, 1942, (6),71,(2)p., printed in 200 copies, orig. clothbacked boards (fine).
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Payment: All books must be paid for by banktransfer (ABN-AMRO Bank Haarlem, IBAN NL17 ABNA 0458 5336 10, BIC ABNANL2A) within two weeks after receipt of the sale invoice. VISA and Mastercard are accepted. The additional fee for bankcharges is 0,1% with a minimum of €25 and, for payment by VISA, Mastercard or Paypal, 5% of the total amount of the invoice.
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Condition: The books are in 8vo, in orig. wrappers and in good condition, unless otherwise expressed. If any named item in this catalogue proves defective, the item concerned may be returned, provided this is done within one week after the sale and the item returns in the possession of the auctioneer in the same condition as at the time of the sale. This guarantee does not cover un-named books or prints, lots indicated as "w.a.f." (with all faults) or "sold as a collection not subject ot return", convolute lots of more than two books of prints, sub-sequently published volumes, periodicals, manuscripts, autograph letters, drawings and framed prints. Neither does this guarantee cover ex-library copies, with the usual defects such as plasticized bindings, stamps, tickets, labels etc.
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